For my babymoon the main focus of the trip was relaxation, meaning I didn’t want to spend the whole trip inside museums or hitting up the typical tourist spots. I did, however, want to experience the local culture and enrich my learning. With this in mind, when I stumbled upon a photo of a beautiful mansion online and learned it was the Wrigley Mansion, which offered both tours and gourmet fare, I had to do visit.
A visit to the Wrigley Mansion was everything I was looking for. I’d learn something new, explore a luxurious mansion and end off with an exquisite meal. The Wrigley Mansion was located only 20 minutes from our hotel in Scottsdale and just driving up to it was breathtaking. It is easy to see why so many weddings and special events are held there.
The mansion was originally constructed in 1932 by the chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley Jr. and was designed as a gift for his wife (Husbands take note!). The mansion sits on a top of hill making for great views of downtown Phoenix. The inside of the mansion is stunning, rich with history and full of beautiful architecture.
I was so excited to arrive. We got to the mansion a little early and explored the grounds and then waited for the tour to start, which began in the library. Our tour guide, Malyia, was phenomenal. She was so well spoken, funny and full of facts about the mansion. I loved how relaxed the tour was. We were always encouraged to look around at our own pace and at the end of the tour were allowed to wander the upstairs and just enjoy the rich history and beautiful scenery the Wrigley Mansion had to offer.
One of my favourite aspects of the mansion were the tons of Catalina tile throughout the property. We learned that the Wrigley family owned much of Catalina Island and had owned a tile company there. My other favourite part of the tour was one of the front rooms near the entrance of the mansion. The walls were a metallic silver and we learned that it was because they were completely lined with gum wrappers, something the Wrigleys did in each of their mansions!
During our tour we learned that in 1992, the late Geordie Hormel purchased the mansion, resorting it with the intention of sharing its beauty with everyone. The mansion’s restaurant Geordie’s Steak, is named after the late Mr. Hormel and is always a bustling spot for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Speaking of Geordie’s Steak, after our tour we were able to enjoy lunch outside at the restaurant. It was a beautiful day and I had heard amazing things about Geordie’s so I was excited to try it out. I had the Spaghetti alla Chittara Carbonara, which was too die for and my husband went for the steak with a side of mashed potatoes. He later said it was the best steak he had ever had and this is from a guy that has eaten a lot of steak in his time.
Our service at Geordie’s was impeccable. We were treated so well and you really couldn’t go wrong with anything on the menu. In fact, the hardest part was narrowing down what to have! If you’re a brunch fan (who isn’t?!) you have to visit them for Sunday brunch. It runs from 10 AM to 2 PM and features endless mimosas, create your own omelettes and a pancake station. Can you say YUM?
I had such a great time at the Wrigley Mansion and would rate it as a must see when visiting the Phoenix area. The tour was informative, but not boring. The mansion itself is something you must see in person and finishing off with a meal at Geordie’s makes it all around the perfect activity. For more information on touring the mansion, check out their website.